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Disabled People Against Cuts: Revenge Tour. Watch Out IDS and Esther McVey!

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From Disabled People Against Cuts. (signaled via the Void)

Disabled People Against Cuts have called a Revenge Tour beginning on April 18th and including visits to the constituencies of Esther McVey and Iain Duncan Smith.  Please help spread the word.  From their website:

A fortnight of Fight Back and telling politicians throughout the UK what we think of them and what they MUST do if they want our votes.

Everywhere from April 18th – May3rd. Select your favourite politician or issue to campaign on.

Some funding is available for travel bursaries with priority given to members.

April 23rd (Thursday) National DPAC will be going to Wirral West constituency to visit Esther McVey. Meet noon at the Job Centre, Market Road, Hoylake.

Esther’s constituency is very marginal and at the moment she looks set to lose her seat. We want to help facilitate that.

April 25th (Saturday) National DPAC will be going to Chingford to visit Iain Duncan Smith. Meet 2pm outside Chingford Rail station. Trains from Liverpool Street.

Please get in touch with us at mail@dpac.uk.net to let us know if you want to go to one or more of these events or would like help with travel costs.

Please also arrange your own events and send us details.

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm

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  1. UC, housing benefit & sanctions.

    An update on DWP improvements to communications following Matthew Oakley’s independent review of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanctions.

    The Department for Work and Pensions accepted all recommendations and began implementation immediately. The Department is going beyond the review’s remit by looking at sanctions communications for all Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants, as well as for Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit. This update provides an overview of progress already made, and outlines further important work to be completed in 2015.

    We have made sanctions information more accessible. In July, we published a clear English guide to JSA sanctions on GOV.UK. This helps claimants understand how to avoid having their benefits stopped, and provides clear information on challenging decisions and accessing hardship payments. It also advises claimants to inform their local authority if they have been sanctioned, as an extra safeguard to ensure their housing benefit is not inadvertently stopped (alongside an IT process which notifies local authorities).

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/387727/jsa-sanctions-independent-review-government-response-update.pdf

    enigma

    April 11, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    • Recommendation 3

      The Department should work with Local Authorities to improve the coordination of their approach to delivering Housing Benefit for claimants who have been sanctioned. In the short-term, all letters and communications informing claimants of the application of a sanction should advise claimants already in receipt of Housing Benefit to contact their Local Authority about their claim.

      The department accepts that the Housing Benefit of claimants should not be stopped following a sanction and we are taking immediate action to ensure that this does not happen.
      When a claimant’s JSA is stopped, for whatever reason, the JSA computer system sends an automatic notification to Local Authorities. This information is essential where entitlement to JSA has ended, for example, because they have found work. In such cases, their entitlement to Housing Benefit will need to be reviewed (for example, because of increases in their income). However, the information that is sent also includes those where a sanction has been imposed. In order to allow the Local Authority to distinguish between these cases and those where entitlement has ended we have proposed a short- and long-term solution.

      In the short term, as part of our overall communications review we will ensure that wherever necessary claimants will be advised to keep their Local Authority informed to stop them inadvertently closing their Housing Benefit.

      In the long term we will implement an IT solution so that Local Authorities are given the information they need to suspend Housing Benefit only in cases where it is appropriate to do so.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/332137/jsa-sanctions-independent-review-government-response.pdf

      https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/jobseekers-allowance-sanctions-independent-review-government-response

      enigma

      April 11, 2015 at 5:21 pm

  2. McVile is History if anyone voting in the Wirral has any sense at all!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 11, 2015 at 8:02 pm

  3. As far as IDS goes, let me just say this:

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 11, 2015 at 8:04 pm

  4. GET THIS FUCK UP OF A SO CALLED POATITIAN OUT OF OFFICE ASAP.

    IDS is a total fuck up of a man (never mind a person of power), he should never be put in such a position again…ever.

    He has demonstrated that he can’t even look after his own team in the DWP. Further he has invented a useless system of control regarding the unemployed that has failed on so many levels it has become laughable…and we all know it, it’s called ‘Universal Credit’

    Labour has committed to putting this piece of filth on hold for 3 months and if found to be a complete and utter waste of tax payers money – will obliterate it once and for all!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 11, 2015 at 8:18 pm

  5. Hey ESTHER:

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 11, 2015 at 8:25 pm

  6. THE REAL REVENGE

    11 million disabled, many poor disabled facing multiple cuts even more.

    Big parties did not win in 2010. Most voters did not vote.

    This is how to bring new anti austerity MPs into UK government, who will rule.
    http://www.anatasia-england.me.uk

    Labour cannot win alone. Got only 250 odd MPs in 2010. Will have only 190 MPs left from May.

    SNP will win all of Scotland as SNP paying council tax support lost to Scots and the poor’;s Bedroom Tax, so saving lives already.

    Wherever you see TUSC
    (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) vote for that candidate
    as fielding over 135 MP candidates
    and 1000 councillors on Thursday 7 May 2015

    OR CLASS WAR / SOCIALIST GB / THE LEFT UNITY PARTY / MEBYON KERNOW

    This also reduces the number of Tories and Lib Dem MPs in UK parliament’s opposition.
    Only way to put the Tories out of government is voting different on Thursday 7 May.

    If you want rid of Tory IAIN DUNCAN SMITH
    Chingford and Wood Green (London)

    Tories won with 22,734 votes in 2010

    21,725 did not vote in 2010

    9,780 votes wasted on Labour in 2010
    7,242 votes wasted on Lib Dems in 2010

    VOTE CLASS WAR

    Liza McKenzie
    Fellow (Professor) London School of Economics.
    …April 25th (Saturday) National DPAC will be going to Chingford to visit Iain Duncan Smith. Meet 2pm outside Chingford Rail station. Trains from Liverpool Street. …

    You might like to speak with the TUSC and CLASS WAR CANDIDATES in CHINGFORD AND WOOD GREEN on that day.

    If you want rid of Tory PRIME MINISTER CAMERON
    Witney voting area

    Tories won with 33,973 votes

    20,997 did not vote

    7,511 votes wasted on Labour
    11,233 votes wasted on Lib Dems

    VOTE WITNEY:

    National Health Action
    Clive Peedell

    If you want rid of Tory JEREMY HUNT
    Voting area SOUTH WEST SURREY

    33,605 votes Tory win

    19,242 did not vote in 2010

    3,419 votes wasted on Labour in 2010

    17,287 votes wasted on Lib Dem in 2010

    VOTE
    SOUTH WEST SURREY
    National Health Action
    Louise Irvine

    NOW THAT HAS GOT TO BE A MUST, PLEASE …… !!

    THROUGHOUT MERSEYSIDE
    VOTE DIFFERENT

    TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION
    (ex Labour folk who left or were sacked for being anti austerity from the Labour party and trade union officials running as MP candidates)

    

BOOTLE

    TUSC – Pete Glover


    LIVERPOOL RIVERSIDE



    TUSC – Tony Mulhearn


    
LIVERPOOL WAVERTREE



    TUSC – Dave Walsh



    LEIGH



    TUSC – Stephen Hall


    
CHESTER / CHESHIRE

    

WEAVER VALE
    (with a huge claimant count far above other income levels)



    TUSC – Joseph Whyte

    THESE PARTIES WILL WIPE OUT AND REVERSE BENEFIT CUTS
    AND WELFARE REFORM ALTOGETHER
    DPAC MIGHT LIKE TO CONTACT THE PARTIES ON MY WEBSITE

    The poor are the bulk of voters today, up to 75 per cent. We have all the power we need by voting different to unseat Tory and Lib Dem MPs, as there are over 200 marginals seats, mostly in England.

    Cornwall has single figure marginals with only Tory and Lib Dem sitting MPs.
    Vote MEBYON KERNOW and bring in an anti austerity party into UK government and cut number of Tory and Lib Dems in UK government.

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

    Chris

    April 12, 2015 at 3:23 am

  7. sorry pressed some button somewhere.

    DISABILITY POLICIES OF THE PARTIES OF THE POOR OF THE LEFT
    THE MEDIA WILL NOT TELL YOU ABOUT

    1 in 5 parliamentary seats set to have a TUSC choice on 7 May , but getting nil national media coverage at all, just like all real anti austerity parties.

    TUSC is fielding the biggest working class challenge in generations on 7 May

    TUSC PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST FRIDAY APRIL 17TH

    Watch out for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition party political broadcast on
    Friday April 17th….. BBC2: 5.55pm… ITV: 6.25pm… BBC1: 6.55pm… Channel4: 7.55pm

    TUSC POLICIES – STOP THE ATTACKS ON DISABLED PEOPLE

    |Promote inclusive policies to enable disabled people to participate in, and have equal access to, education, employment, housing, transport and welfare provision.

    Support measures to ensure disabled people receive a level of income according to needs.

    Equal pay for equal work.

    Example:
    Noreen explains why she’s standing as an MP for TUSC in the general election in Salford and Eccles on Thursday 7 May.

    …”I feel the need to fight the most vulnerable people in Salford because they are getting a rough deal from both the government and council.

    I’m standing for TUSC because all through our fight for transport for disabled adults, TUSC supporters were there too. They are genuine. We are genuine.

    We need an MP who will fight for the most vulnerable – for the homeless, for the elderly, for those unable to voice their opinions. I don’t want to see the city that has been so good to me dragged to its knees. I want to stand up for the people of Salford”. |

    Read more:
    http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/campaign/Disability/Disabled/20371

    TUSC want to bring in the TUC suggested minimum wage of £10 per hour, kicked into the long grass by The Greens.

    TUSC POLICY – DECENT PENSIONS AND BENEFITS

    Abolish the bedroom tax.

    Reverse cuts to benefits; for living benefits; end child poverty.

    Scrap benefit sanctions.

    Restore the pre-Thatcher real value of pensions.

    Reverse the increases imposed on the state retirement age,
    creating jobs for younger people.

    CLASS WAR 2015

    DOUBLE DOLE AND PENSIONS
    DOUBLE ALL OTHER BENEFITS

    Fighting alongside protesters for social housing

    SOCIALIST GB 2015
    Promotes TUSC most of the time, so same policies.

    THE LEFT UNITY PARTY 2015

    Abolish workfare, sanctions, benefit cuts.

    THE LEFT UNITY PARTY MANIFESTO 2015 – DISABLED

    |The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) has been misused to force disabled people off benefits and has caused distress and poverty.

    It is unfit for purpose and must be scrapped…

    Disabled people should be supported to work but never penalised by the benefits system.

    Other benefit cuts, justified using unfair media attacks on benefit claimants, are having a disproportionate effect on disabled people.

    The Independent Living Fund and Disability Living Allowance should be reinstated – these are vital benefits for basic day-to-day life.

    As a party Left Unity supports disabled people’s campaigns and aims to be accessible to all.”

    SNP in SCOTLAND

    SNP is paying the Scottish poor’s council tax support and Bedroom Tax.

    What SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon on the Leaders’ Debate
    http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2015/apr/snp-challenge-westminster-disability-benefit-cuts

    …”Rolling out Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) to replace Disability Living Allowance will see over 100,000 working age disabled people in Scotland lose some or all of their benefit by 2018 – representing a cut of £300 million a year, with a loss of at least £1,120 a year per person who loses out. Some 47,000 disabled people in Scotland are expected to lose up to £2,964 a year as a consequence of changes in eligibility to the mobility component.

    At UK level, the cut in disability benefit represents nearly £3 billion a year by 2017/18, with over a million people losing out.

    The SNP propose a modest increase in public spending in real terms in order to stop proposed cuts – and support halting the roll out of Personal Independence Payments to stop the “savage cuts” to disability benefits.” …”Labour’s track record in Scotland is voting with the Tories and Lib Dems against halting the roll-out of PIPs.” …

    PLAID CYMRU
    “battle the Westminster parties’ obsession with austerity”.
    the big issues facing his constituents are. Housing, disability benefits, and healthcare are the first …

    “Generally in Wales, people think Plaid can’t form a government, but it’s different this time,” says Larsen. “We’ll almost certainly hold the balance of power…New polls matter because this election comes down to Tory-Labour marginals

    http://may2015.com/featured/arfon-where-plaid-cymru-are-trying-to-keep-welsh-nationalism-alive-and-labour-out/

    Plaid Cymru rejects the marketisation and privatisation of the NHS and will oppose any moves in that direction from governments in Westminster and Wales, particularly if it affects the funding of the NHS in Wales

    As well as training and recruiting 1,000 additional doctors, Plaid Cymru wants to “increase the number of district and community nurses to support people outside of hospital”.

    Plaid supports a “Medical Accountability Bill, including a duty of candour, so that healthcare professionals are legally bound to tell the truth to the patient and their family.”

    MEBYON KERNOW in Cornwall 2015

    Reduces 6 Tory and Lib Dem MPs to UK government, if you vote Mebyon Kernow.

    “Mebyon Kernow is committed to a just and fair society. We believe effective public intervention is needed to combat poverty, tackle social deprivation and fight for
    the disadvantaged, and to tackle ills in Cornish society, such as social deprivation, unemployment, low wages and poor housing.

    MK will fight to protect funding for programmes and initiatives which seek to protect and enhance the living standards for those in need and the less-well-off.”

    REVENGE TOUR

    Contact these parties direct and get them to talk to DPAC direct and its members.

    No such thing as a small party today.

    Small parties will have the biggest influence in UK history.

    No big party can form a governmenmt as a single party UK government ever again.

    Labour cannot win alone nor get a majority.
    250 odd Labour MPs left in 2010.

    190 odd MPs left by May.

    Labour needs the above parties to form a multi party group of parties to form a secure UK government. No other way this can be done.

    Otherwise Tories stay in power in a Caretaker Government for next 5 years.

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

    Chris

    April 12, 2015 at 3:30 am

  8. Supermarket workers have to claim £11bn benefits, charity says

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32272817

    A good article that highlights how its the BIG businesses that are profiting from tax payer funds rather than the public who desperately need them.

    gaia

    April 12, 2015 at 8:49 am

    • Gaia, what do you think of the accepted recommendations

      enigma

      April 12, 2015 at 10:22 am

    • To the Oakley review.

      enigma

      April 12, 2015 at 10:23 am

      • I don’t think nothing enigma.

        The recommendations are just that and as yet don’t imply anything or much will change. When you look at the topic of sanctions with regards to money, why would things change when, if we take 2013s record of 897’690 that each week they serve, DWP saves around 65 million. So if all were on 4 week sanctions that would mean DWP save 260 million on unemployment benefits. Over 5 years taking all years into account that’s a saving of around 850 million to 1.1 billion in savings over this government.

        If we have to create incentives/disincentives to get people into work then what does that say about job creation todate, not forgetting how despite more people being taken on that productivity per person hasn’t grown.

        With unemployment still at 800’000 claimants (2 million if you include inactive head count), all showing evidence every week, isn’t it time to turn the spot light on employers rather than claimants when you figure enough so called jobs have been created to clear the figure of claimants entirely ?

        gaia

        April 13, 2015 at 8:16 am

      • Then theres all these suicides related to welfare reform, remember this article where MOJ asked a professor not to make a link between suicides and prison reform.

        http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/23/suicide-prevention-expert-moj-prison-staffing-cuts

        We know the Tories will fight tooth and nail to prevent the truth coming out about there failing policies and wishful delusions.

        gaia

        April 13, 2015 at 8:36 am

    • Hey, gaia, what 11bn between friends … Please please forget the other 80bn in benifit payments business gets….
      This is Benifits Britain after all – for Business

      Gazza

      April 12, 2015 at 3:35 pm

  9. Any truth in the rumor that if you are NOT registered to vote you could lose the right to state benefits

    Northolt

    April 12, 2015 at 9:40 am

    • No.

      Another Fine Mess

      April 12, 2015 at 11:23 am

      • Not yet there isn’t, but give it time.

        Lucy

        April 12, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      • Yes, But I think you can be find if you DON’T register as then you cannot be called for Jury Service ?

        Northolt

        April 13, 2015 at 8:19 am

  10. While I was posting this yesterday the person next to me in the Library reminded me of the suffering of people with mental health issues under all of IDS’s wizard ideas.

    I imagine that’s not something we’re going to hear much about in the election campaign either.

    Andrew Coates

    April 12, 2015 at 11:09 am

    • The conditions and the type of help’ associated with JSA is enough to give most normal people MH problems. And of course UC and CC are even worse.

      Another Fine Mess

      April 12, 2015 at 11:59 am

    • We don’t hear much that has any integrity about it from anyone. In particular the MH charities, who only perk up when there’s a threat to their funding, to spout yet more patronising, parasitic guff based on oppression and compliance.

      Actually, it’s probably better when the big MH charities & other do-gooders, just shut up.

      Lucy

      April 12, 2015 at 12:32 pm

  11. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    April 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm

  12. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.

    V

    April 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm

  13. OT: Are you a UK Resident, No Treatment for you if not. Are you unemployed ….

    And so it starts:

    Hospital patients to be asked about UK residence status
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32281155

    Gazza

    April 13, 2015 at 2:37 am

    • Like to see how that will work in AE, will they ask before they scrap them off the sidewalk while in immense pain or at the AE centre when there drugged on morphine ?

      gaia

      April 13, 2015 at 7:48 am

  14. This morning was going to post on Labour Manifesto proposals on the dole welfare etc.

    They have yet to get to any……..

    Andrew Coates

    April 13, 2015 at 11:32 am

  15. I notice IDS and McVey are keeping extreeeeemly low profiles now the battle for Number 10 is underway, I don’t think I have seen one report on any news channel that they are out on the campaign trail.

    Probably far too scared to meet the people on benefits that they have screwed over and even more scared to talk about how much more will be cut from benefits should the Conservatives win the General Election.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 13, 2015 at 2:03 pm

  16. Well done people. IDS is a self serving, despicable fraud , who could not care less about the disposed in our society , its all a clever act designed to appeal to the Tory faithful , I have heard a number of individuals intend to be present to make their feelings known when this dehumanising person attends the count in Basildon on May 7th , if it was not for the fact that I have to take my father to a Hospital appointment on the same day I would be there myself.
    As I have commented before if this uneducated twerp were to put himself up for election in Germany he would not have progressed beyond a parish councillor ,the fact that the people of Basildon can not see that , says more about them than it does about Him.

    David Anthony Penson

    April 13, 2015 at 2:50 pm


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